Updated at 11:07,12-12-2017

Belarus interested in direct dialogue between EU and EAEU, foreign minister says

By Tanya Korovenkova, BelaPAN

Belarus is interested in the establishment of a direct dialogue between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to discuss long-term cooperation prospects, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said Thursday in Berlin while meeting with representatives of German business circles.

The meeting focused on Belarus investment potential, including opportunities offered by Eurasian integration projects, reported the press office of the Belarusian foreign ministry. Participants examined the current state and development prospects of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Germany. Representatives of large German companies operating in Belarus or planning to enter the Belarusian market received specific answers to their questions, the press office said.

The meeting had been organized by the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, an umbrella organization for Germany`s leading business associations.

Also on Thursday, Mr. Makey visited the office of the German Council on Foreign Relations to meet with officials of the German federal government, members of the Bundestag, and representatives of political foundations and other organizations shaping Berlins policy toward Belarus, the press office said.

Mr. Makey shared the Belarusian governments views on regional security matters and important issues of the international agenda, the press office said. He noted Belarus stabilizing role in the region and touched on the prospects of Belarusian-German relations and the Belarus-EU dialogue, the press office said.

Mr. Makey also had a number of other meetings aimed at exploring opportunities for closer cooperation in different areas.

Between February 6 and February 8, Mr. Makey is scheduled to attend the 51th Munich Security Conference and have a series of bilateral meetings to discuss ways of developing political, trade and economic relations with Germany and some other partner countries, the press office said.